James Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

Theresa May Succeeds David Cameron As The UK's New Prime Minister

Why an early election would be bad for the Tories

6 August 2016 10:35

Ten points ahead in the polls, Theresa May regarded as the best Prime Minister by a majority of voters and…

Oliver Letwin has received a knighthood  (Photo: Getty)

Corbyn joins Cameron in giving peerages to pals

4 August 2016 18:56

David Cameron’s resignation honours have now been published—and it is an extensive list. Cameron has nominated 13 people for peerages…

Labour’s problems go far beyond Jeremy Corbyn

4 August 2016 16:28

Owen Smith takes on Jeremy Corbyn in the first Labour leadership hustings this evening. The moderates are desperately hoping that…

Steven Woolfe excluded from Ukip leadership race

3 August 2016 12:14

Steven Woolfe has been barred from standing for Ukip leader. The party’s national executive committee has ruled that he didn’t…


The European Commission chooses not to play Brexit games

2 August 2016 12:50

Jonathan Hill’s post-referendum resignation as the UK’s EU Commissioner was a deeply regrettable act. Even after the referendum, the UK…


Theresa May is right not to mess with David Cameron’s resignation honours

1 August 2016 13:25

Downing Street has made clear today that Theresa May will not move to prune down or veto David Cameron’s resignation…

Theresa May Succeeds David Cameron As The UK's New Prime Minister

Decision time approaches for Theresa May

30 July 2016 10:35

Parliament is off for the summer, and the exodus to the beaches has begun. But Theresa May isn’t heading off…

Big boost for Jeremy Corbyn after court victory

28 July 2016 14:22

The Labour donor Michael Foster has lost his High Court case attempt to force Jeremy Corbyn to get 51 nominations…

Archbishop of Rouen Dominique Lebrun meets with Francois Hollande and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve after a priest was killed in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (Photo: Getty)

French politicians have a major problem on their hands

26 July 2016 19:35

Today’s attack was the 7th Islamist terrorist atrocity in France since January 2015. Two hundred and thirty six people have…

Sarah Champion unresigns and returns to Labour frontbench

25 July 2016 16:50

Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, was one of the Labour frontbenchers who resigned in an attempt to force…

Theresa May Holds First Prime Minister's Questions

Why Prime Minister May has been a surprise

23 July 2016 10:33

As we come to the end of Theresa May’s first full week as Prime Minister, she hasn’t quite been the…

Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey. Picture: Getty

Len McCluskey warns that the security services might be trying to sabotage Jeremy Corbyn

22 July 2016 17:20

The Labour leadership election has become even more bizarre today. Len McCluskey, the leader of Unite the Union and a…


Theresa May gets a warmer than expected reception in Paris, and a pledge on the border

21 July 2016 20:38

Paris was meant to be the more difficult leg of Theresa May’s first European tour as Prime Minister. But May’s…


Theresa May wipes the floor with Jeremy Corbyn at her first PMQs

20 July 2016 13:15

Theresa May was utterly brutal with Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs today. She mocked the Labour leader repeatedly, leaving the Tory…

Multi-Million Nuclear Submarine Upgrade To Secure 2,000 UK Jobs

The political theatre of the Trident debate

18 July 2016 19:57

The Trident debate might be about national security, but all the parties have political points they want to make. Indeed,…


Theresa May takes control

16 July 2016 10:35

Theresa May has demonstrated this week that she isn’t interested in being continuity Cameron. Her reshuffle was, as I say…

David Cameron Holds The First Cabinet Meeting Since The UK Voted To Leave The EU

Theresa May has just shown she really is serious about Brexit

13 July 2016 22:41

‘Brexit means Brexit’ has been Theresa May’s message since she started running for the Tory leadership. But Brexit could mean…


David Cameron, the Tory moderniser

13 July 2016 17:23

David Cameron’s valedictory address from Downing Street was not only a defence of his government record but a summing up…


What to expect from Theresa May, and why she might surprise you

13 July 2016 15:58

As Tory MPs gathered at St Stephen’s entrance in Parliament to await their new leader on Monday afternoon, a choir…

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Victory for Corbyn as Labour’s NEC puts him on the ballot

12 July 2016 20:16

Jeremy Corbyn will be on the Labour leadership ballot. After a contentious meeting that lasted for almost six hours, the…


Can Theresa May nurse the Tories back to health?

11 July 2016 13:23

It might prove easier for the Tories’ new leader Theresa May to reunite the party post referendum than expected. First,…

The Conservative Party Spring Forum

May must sound optimistic about Brexit

9 July 2016 10:36

Theresa May’s biggest weakness in the Tory leadership race is that she backed Remain while most Tory members went Leave.…


It will be a closer race than expected between May and Leadsom

8 July 2016 16:49

Most Tory MPs are back in their constituencies today, and several of those that I have spoken to are now…


With Gove gone, the Tories must now choose: experience or Brexiteer?

7 July 2016 16:24

So, Tory members will choose between Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom to be their leader and the UK’s Prime Minister.…


Theresa May love bombs Tory MPs

6 July 2016 18:49

The final parliamentary hustings of the Tory leadership contest has now taken place. With Theresa May assured of a place…